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[book cover] Legal Literacy

Archie Zariski

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October 2014

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Series
OPEL (Open Paths to Enriched Learning)

Subject
Law

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About the Book

To understand how the legal system works, students must consider the law in terms of its structures, processes, language, and modes of thought and argument—in short, they must become literate in the field. Legal Literacy fulfills this aim by providing a foundational understanding of key concepts such as legal personhood, jurisdiction, and precedent, and by introducing students to legal research and writing skills. Examples of cases, statutes, and other legal materials support these concepts.

While Legal Literacy is an introductory text, it also challenges students to consider critically the system they are studying. Touching on significant socio-legal issues such as access to justice, legal jargon, and plain language, Zariski critiques common legal traditions and practices, and analyzes what it means “to think like a lawyer.” As such, the text provides a sound basis for those who wish to pursue further studies in law or legal studies as well as those seeking a better understanding of how the legal field relates to the society that it serves.

 

About the Author

A former litigator in Edmonton, Alberta, Archie Zariski has been teaching law and legal studies since 1991, including classes on mediation, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), evidence, and legal literacy. He is co-editor of The Multi-Tasking Judge: Comparative Judicial Dispute Resolution (Thomson Reuters).

 

 

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Copyright: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). It may be reproduced for non-commercial purposes, provided that the original author is credited.

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DownloadFront Matter

DownloadTable of Contents

DownloadPreface

DownloadChapter I. Introduction

Procedural Justice

The Adversarial System and Adversarialism in Law

Uncertainty and Indeterminacy in Law

The Tools of Legal Literacy

Critical Legal Literacy

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 2. Legal Literacy and Other Literacies: Examining the Concept and Objectives of Legal Literacy

Literacy and Law

Evolution of the Concept of Legal Literacy

Other Literacies

Related Socio-legal Concepts

Goals and Objectives of Legal Literacy Education

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 3. Legal Structures: Structures of Law and Legal Institutions

Conceptual Structure of Law

Framing Using Legal Concepts

Institutional Structures of Law

Jurisdiction in Law

Critical Perspectives on Structure

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 4. Legal Systems: Legal Systems—Linking Legal Institutions

Functions of Legal Systems

Court Systems

Administrative Systems

Alternative Systems

Critical Systems Analysis

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 5. Legal Processes and Procedures: Planning and Procedures for Processes used by Legal Institutions

Civil Litigation Process

Civil Procedure

Criminal Litigation Process

Criminal Procedure

Administrative Processes and Procedures

Critical Analysis of Process and Procedure

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 6. Legal Language: Examining Language in Legal Institutions

Legal Discourse

Legal Vocabulary

Plain Legal Language

Language Rights

Critical Perspectives on Legal Language

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 7. Legal Research: Skills and Techniques for Researching Law

Types of Legal Research

Law Libraries

Legal Citation

Legal Research Strategy

Legal Research Online

Critical Perspective on Legal Research

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 8. Legal Interpretation: Skills and Techniques for Making Sense of Law

Reading Legislation

Reading Cases

Reading Contracts

Critical Perspectives on Legal Interpretation

Chapter Review

DownloadChapter 9. Legal Communication: Oral and Written Communication to Achieve Legal Objectives

Proof of Facts in Law

Legal Argument

Legal Writing

Legal Speech

Critical Perspective on Legal Communication

Chapter Review

DownloadNotes

DownloadGlossary of Terms

DownloadBibliography